February 18, 2019 | 1:38pm ET
CANUCKS WANT SCORER, WON’T ENTER RENTAL MARKET
Jim Benning, GM
The Vancouver Canucks aren’t expected to be overly active leading up to next Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline, but the team is looking around for additional scoring.
Canucks GM Jim Benning isn’t planning on entering the rental market by acquiring a player on an expiring contract, but he would like to bolster his team’s overall offensive game if the opportunity presented itself.
“If we had another goal scorer that would be a big help to our group, but that’s easier said than done,” Benning told the Vancouver Province. “I’m not necessarily looking at rentals. If we’re going to do trades, it’s going to be players who can be pieces of the puzzle moving forward.”
With the Canucks expected to get some help on the blueline once 2018 seventh-overall pick Quinn Hughes ends his NCAA season next month, the focus is clearly up front.
Benning acknowledged it may be more likely he finds another goal-scorer this summer via free agency, but for the next week he’ll focus on the trade market.
Meanwhile, the Canucks have dangled forward Nikolay Goldobin for several weeks, but Benning hasn’t found the right deal yet. The 23-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and he could be moved by the deadline.
“It’s in Goldy’s hands,” Benning revealed. “He has the head and the hockey sense and the skill to be a good player, but it’s up to him and how hard he wants to work to get there. He can’t do the stuff he’s doing to be an NHL player. He has to learn.”